According to multiple reports the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract with outfielder Hunter Pence.
Pence made $13.8 million this season, his last year of arbitration, and was set to be a free agent.
The deal, tied with Barry Bonds’ 2001 free-agent deal for the second-largest the Giants have given to a position player, is pending a physical and will likely be backloaded and include a no-trade provision, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggerly.
Just a day earlier, GM Brian Sabean described re-signing Pence as part of the “heavy lifting” that the front office wanted to complete in short order. They weren’t kidding. In a highly unorthodox scene, Pence and CEO Larry Baer engaged in direct negotiations in the clubhouse Friday night in direct presence of the media waiting to interview him.